Adobe AIR in 5 minutes
So, what is this Adobe AIR ?
At its most basic, AIR is a platform that provides a bridge between web technologies and desktop APIs. Where web developers once needed to use workarounds and talk back to the server to build client-focused applications, AIR provides a means for building building web applications that run from the desktop. AIR applications gives a user the best of both worlds—the rich interface and local resources of a desktop application, and the networked benefits of the Web. It also provides access to the client system, a feature sorely lacking in rich internet applications.
With AIR, web applications can now:
- work with the local file system
- integrate with the window manager (to allow modification of OS X dock icons and Windows system tray icons, for example)
- provide native menus
- store data securely on the local machine